|Dr. Roger Houtsma graduated from the University of California with a double major in Psychology and Child Development. He has pursued graduate studies to earn his Ph.D. in Psychology.
Dr. Houtsma received Christ in January of 1968 in a powerful conversion experience. It was during this time at the altar that God called him to the ministry by a vision. Soon he began to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit to the youth of his generation.
He has served the Lord in ministry for over twenty-five years with experience as a Director in the Ivy House (a rehabilitation center for drug addicts in Chico, CA.), in Youth Evangelism, as Pastor at Trinity Church in Sacramento, California, as a Bible School President and Instructor, and as Pastor and founder of Christian Life Church of Novato.
By 1974 Dr. Houtsma began ministering in powerful Crusades and Leadership Conferences in India and other parts of the world.
In September of 1976, Dr. Houtsma founded Christian Life Church in Novato. The church experienced rapid growth and development of ministry to the community.
In addition to his Pastoral ministry, Dr. Houtsma is President of World Outreach, a missions ministry aimed at the unreached people groups of the world. He ministers in Crusades throughout the world as a Missionary Evangelist. Crowds of up to 700,000 have attended a single service in which they have witnessed outstanding miracles of healing of every type of disease and infirmity.
Along with the Crusades, Dr. Houtsma holds a special Leadership Conference to instruct national ministers in the methods of evangelism and the principles of ministry with God's miracle power that have been so effective in his meetings. Many national ministers have testified to having been broken through into a true ministry with God's supernatural power as a result of these conferences. Nearly 190,000 have been trained to date.
During this time he has continued to pastor great missions churches in America. In 1973 Dr. Houtsma founded his first Bible College, and has established several others since. Today Christian Life International Bible College has campuses in Russia, Republic of the Congo, and the United States. Recently an External Degree Program has been launched in 7 languages at discounted prices in emerging economies to help train leaders in the rapidly growing church of today.
Dr. Houtsma received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the American Bible College in 1977. In 1989 Dr. Houtsma was listed in Who's Who in American Christian Leadership. In 1999 Dr. Houtsma was listed in Who's Who in American Executives and Businesses. In Strathmore's Who's Who Dr. Houtsma was listed for the years 2000-2001.
Dr. Houtsma is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God.